After many a teaser, Lexus has now released an extended clip of their Hoverboard in action. And not in a lab, but on the ramps and rails of a real skatepark.
Well, kind of anyway.
The skatepark in question is about as technical, and bespoke, as the board itself. The board contains a pair of 'cryostats,' reservoirs in which superconducting material is kept at -197 degrees by liquid nitrogen. Permanent magnets are also attached to the underside of the board.
Dr. Oliver de Haas, one of the brains behind the board, says, “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track, essentially keeping the board hovering.”
That means you can't hover up to your local wooden halfpipe and practice your rock fakies after you've spent £100,000,000 on the thing (no clue what it will actually cost).
So sorry Back to the Future fans, you won't be zooming around the neighbourhood quite yet - even if it is an amazing bit of tech that hints at an incredible future. Head to the Lexus site for more info.
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